China's mastery of tech to impose social order

When a woman walked to work recently in the bustling metropolis of Shenzhen, she, like many millions of other Chinese, jaywalked, cutting across a side street to avoid a long detour to a crosswalk.

What happened next, as documented by the woman, a writer calling herself Mao Yan, was an illustration of a brave new world being born in China. Two traffic policemen approached the woman and told her that she had violated the traffic regulations of China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'China's mastery of tech to impose social order'. Print Edition | Subscribe